I have never been to the UAE before, it, and Dubai in particular, has been on my bucket list of places to visit for a while. I have some awesome friends who live there, so it was a great opportunity to catch up with them, check out their place, and the mighty Burj Khalifa!
The Burj Khalifa is pretty impressive. My friends live within five minutes walking distance of the Burj and the massive Dubai Mall which is linked to it. The Mall is the largest in the World, with an internal floor space of 5.9 million square feet, 95 elevators and 150 escalators. It was interesting to see so many American and British stores and restaurants in the Mall which also boasts an Ice Rink, Aquarium and Cinema.
"Set on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake, the fountain shoots water jets as high as 500 ft (150 metres), equivalent to that of a 50-storey building. The fountain is 900 ft (275 metres) long and has five circles of varying sizes and two central arcs. It has been designed by California-based WET, the creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas.
STANDING TALL - THE MIGHTY BURJ KHALIFA,
Aaagh! Let's get back to The Burj Khalifa! It really is the epicenter of Dubai, and tourists flock to it by the coach load every day. It is pretty magnetic and I had a hard time to not take more and more photos (it is actually hard to fit the whole thing into a photo). If you want all the lovely facts and figures about "The Burj", please click here, Wikipedia can fill you in lol!
My friend got us tickets to go and experience "At The Top" so I was super excited.
After waiting in line, and going through security, we finally got into the elevator and zipped up 124 floors! Moving 10m per second, it was lightning fast, awesome!!
At The Top, is the 360° observation deck and some absolutely astounding views. We were up there just as the sun was starting to set which was magnificent.
See below some of my pictures, taken from the top of the tower. The black circles you can see in the first picture on the left, are the fountains. The big tall building in the bottom middle photo is a super Hotel called,The Address!
All in all I had a fabulous week in Dubai with my friends. I visited the Old Gold Souk, a magnificent older section of Dubai with wall to wall jewelry stores.
We took a water taxi from the Old Gold Souk, over "The Creek" which was full of Dhows unloading goods galore. We even saw a stack of brand new fridges!
On the other side, we explored a wonderful arty district called Bastakiyya Heritage Village. Lunch was in a wonderful cafe called the Arabian Tea House. The temperature in March was perfect, warm but no humidity, perfect for eating outdoors.